I got up early on Sunday morning and ventured out into the rain to catch the opening ceremony for the New York AIDS Walk 2013. I was rewarded for my effort with these fabulous performances by Alex Newell ("Unique" on the television show Glee).
One year almost to the day of suffering a heart attack, I'm proud to back again. I will also be walking to honor the memory of Charles Romo, a humanitarian who was taken away from us all too quickly in a senseless act of violence.
The AIDS Walk is not about me. Whatever it represented for me when I was younger was simply the feelings of a scared kid, feelings I've clung to as a way of continuing to build distance between where I am and true, ultimate self-acceptance.